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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Mika Kaurismaki's Mama Africa; Miriam Makeba

Photo- Martin Beck

A couple of weeks ago, I went to see the documentary Sing Your Song, which was about Harry Belafonte’s political activism over the years.  I was prepared not to like the film and to maintain my very lukewarm appreciation of Belafonte’s talent and his place as a social and political crusader.  I left the International House, where the film was presented, completely enamored of Belafonte and shocked at myself for knowing so little about his long, persistent, global fight for justice and all that this entails.

Belafonte, along with some other people, who you’ll learn about in the film below, was responsible for introducing South African Singer Miriam Makeba to American audiences.   Miriam Makeba and Winnie Mandela were the women who made South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle pertinent to me as a young girl and college student demanding that her college divest from companies doing business in South Africa.  Below is a link to Finnish filmmaker Mika Kaurismaki’s new documentary about  Mama Africa; Miriam Mekaba.  Have a look and a listen.

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